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VILLERVILLE> August 2021

Since 2014, a Festival in Villerville has been reweaving the thread of the artistic history of the city and perpetuating its soul with the renewed ambition to make artists reside there. It is not just another festival, an inventory of shows, but a mosaic of artistic initiatives in various places in the village.

Following an in situ residency, professional artists take curious spectators through atypical performance venues. Villerville thus keeps its promise of an art theater festival, both "scholarly and popular", which favors texts and actors. The event brings together young artists from major drama schools, emerging companies and established actors and directors who, seduced by the festival's innovative artistic adventure, choose Villerville as the launching point for their new creation. Thanks to their talent and their desire to create new collective ways of being together, Villerville becomes for them not only a place of residence of creation, but also a place of discovery and exchange. For three weeks, they appropriate the places of the city to imagine their shows on site. Garage, castle, chalet… then become scenes of rehearsals, then performances for the first time in front of an audience. About ten theatrical proposals are played. Some will last for the duration of the festival, others will bounce off other stages, but all will have aroused the public's curiosity about contemporary art.

Founder: Alain Desnot
Director of the 2020 edition festival: Mateo Cichacki.
Now a regular at the festival, Mateo Cichacki has already participated as a director and actor for "Je suis le vent" by Jon Fosse in 2019, and "Langue-Fourche" by Mario Batista in 2018.

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